Dr Charles Norman MacLeod

Senior Lecturer

Electronic and Electrical Engineering

Personal statement

Charles MacLeod is a Senior Lecturer in the Centre for Ultrasonic Engineering. His research is primarily associated with the inspection and manufacturing enhancement of high-value assets and components, where he leads a number of high-profile inter-disciplinary in-process welding and metal additive research projects. He has driven and co-developed core robotic and ultrasonic technology from fundamental EPSRC research, which is now being licensed by a leading industrial organisation and co-developed an innovative inspection robot for a critical life-extension inspection at Sellafield Reprocessing Facility. He is the PI and designer of the Engaging Robotic Interactive Cell (ERIC) STEM Outreach cell. His research interests include: Non-Destructive Evaluation In-Process Inspection of Fusion Welding & Metal Additive Components Sensors including Ultrasonic, Electromagnetic, Tactile and Visual Automation Metrology Robotics Low noise electronics. Charles has delivered impact in the form of dissemination, new revenue, commercialisation and product hardware through a number of high profile KE projects. Teaching Activities. EE312 Instrumentation and Microcontrollers Lectures, Laboratories and Tutorials.


A cost-function driven adaptive welding framework for multi-pass robotic welding
Loukas Charalampos, Williams Veronica, Jones Richard, Vasilev Momchil, MacLeod Charles Norman, Dobie Gordon, Sibson Jim, Pierce Gareth, Gachagan Anthony
Journal of Manufacturing Processes Vol 67, pp. 545-561 (2021)
Sensor-enabled multi-robot system for automated welding and in-process ultrasonic NDE
Vasilev Momchil, MacLeod Charles N, Loukas Charalampos, Javadi Yashar, Vithanage Randika K W, Lines David, Mohseni Ehsan, Pierce Stephen Gareth, Gachagan Anthony
Sensors Vol 21 (2021)
Dry coupled ultrasonic non-destructive evaluation using an over-actuated unmanned aerial vehicle
Watson Robert, Kamel Mina, Zhang Dayi, Dobie Gordon, MacLeod Charles, Pierce S Gareth, Nieto Juan
IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering (2021)
Remote ultrasonic imaging of a wire arc additive manufactured Ti-6AI-4V component using laser induced phased array
Lukacs Peter, Davis Geo, Stratoudaki Theodosia, Williams Stewart, MacLeod Charles N, Gachagan Anthony
2021 IEEE International Instrumentation and Measurement Technology Conference (I2MTC) IEEE International Instrumentation and Measurement Technology Conference (I2MTC), 2021, pp. 1-6 (2021)
Application of ultrasonic guided waves to robotic occupancy grid mapping
Tabatabaeipour Morteza, Trushkevych Oksana, Dobie Gordon, Edwards Rachel S, McMillan Ross, MacLeod Charles, O'Leary Richard, Dixon Steven, Gachagan Anthony, Pierce Stephen G
Mechanical Systems and Signal Processing Vol 163 (2021)
A framework of using customized LIDAR to localize robot for nuclear reactor inspections
Zhang Dayi, Cao Jianlin, Dobie Gordon, MacLeod Charles Norman
IEEE Sensors Journal (2021)

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Professional activities

ASTM International Conference on Additive Manufacturing (ASTM ICAM 2021)
BINDT Aerospace NDT 2021 Invited Talk
WAAMat Industry Day
BINDT TWI Joint Meeting Invited Talk
WAAMat Industry Day 2019

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Doctoral Training Partnership 2020-2021 University of Strathclyde | Gover, Harry
Pierce, Gareth (Principal Investigator) MacLeod, Charles Norman (Co-investigator) Gover, Harry (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2021 - 01-Jan-2025
EPSRC Impact Acceleration Account (IAA)-New Organisation Engagement
Mohseni, Ehsan (Principal Investigator) MacLeod, Charles Norman (Co-investigator) Pierce, Gareth (Co-investigator) Gachagan, Anthony (Co-investigator)
"Automated non-destructive testing of high value additive manufactured components": The IAA application is geared towards how to commercialise the in-process NDT technology (ultrasonic and electromagnetic approaches).
01-Jan-2021 - 30-Jan-2021
BH As-Clad Bond Integrity V1
MacLeod, Charles Norman (Principal Investigator) Gachagan, Anthony (Co-investigator) Javadi, Yashar (Co-investigator) Lines, David (Co-investigator) Mohseni, Ehsan (Co-investigator) Pierce, Gareth (Co-investigator) Wathavana Vithanage, Randika Kosala (Co-investigator)
02-Jan-2020 - 01-Jan-2022
KTP - Peak NDT
MacLeod, Charles Norman (Principal Investigator) Lines, David (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2020 - 31-Jan-2022
EPSRC Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) funding
Qiu, Zhen (Principal Investigator) MacLeod, Charles Norman (Academic) O'Leary, Richard (Academic) Gachagan, Anthony (Principal Investigator) Stevenson, Tim (Principal Investigator)
High Temperature Ultrasonic Imaging Transducer for In-Process Inspection
15-Jan-2020 - 15-Jan-2021
Doctoral Training Partnership 2018-19 University of Strathclyde | Etowe, Eseoghene
MacLeod, Charles Norman (Principal Investigator) Pierce, Gareth (Co-investigator) Etowe, Eseoghene (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2020 - 01-Jan-2023

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Electronic and Electrical Engineering
Technology Innovation Centre

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